Overview: Poverty in Brazil Creates Challenges Including Poor Health Care & Inadequate Education
The largest and most populous country in South America,
Brazil is the home of a multicultural population of nearly 200 million.
Although the country possesses a vast wealth of natural resources and is among
the 10 largest economies in the world, Brazil ranks eighth worldwide in social
A significant proportion of the population suffers from
discrimination, prejudice, and extreme income inequality. About 16 million
people live below the poverty line, and 50 percent of them are Brazilian children. Challenges include poverty, inadequate education system, poor health
care and lack of housing.
ChildFund has served Brazilian children since 1966.
Families: Health Care & Early Development
To strengthen the family and community bonds, ChildFund
offers workshops on family issues, community events and home visits from
trained staff, who teach them about child care, nutrition and protection at
home and in the community. To protect and help children grow, ChildFund works
to raise families’ awareness about their role in child development. ChildFund
also supports preschools and day care centers to transform themselves into
healthy environments for child development.
Education in Brazil
ChildFund Brazil promotes access to quality education and
work closely with the schools, offering awareness workshops with the school
community on topics such as inclusive and democratic education, child
empowerment within school life and the role of the family in school life.
Family and community environment workshops promote a culture of peace and help
reduce violence in schools. Schools also receive support for the formation and
strengthening of school councils with effective participation of the children,
adolescents and parents.
To complement their school activities, children participate
in socio-educational activities focused on citizenship, social justice and
For older Brazilian children, ChildFund offers awareness and learning workshops
on themes related to the rights of children, with the aim of strengthening
their understanding of their rights and family and community relations. Youth
groups and networks open the way for them to participate in campaigns,
movements and decision-making processes at the community, municipal and
regional levels and in partnership with civil society. Brazilian kids also learn about citizenship,
leadership and the labor market.
ChildFund Brasil and the communities in which it works
partner with municipal councils and local organizations to promote the rights,
services and benefits available to children and their families.